Some people say that the best part of Folklorama is the entertainment. Those people are wrong. The entertainment is the second-best part. The best part of Folklorama is obviously the food.
For two weeks every August, Winnipeggers can indulge in delicious dishes from around the globe at over 40 volunteer-run pavilions. From plantains and moi-moi at the Africa Pavilion to scratch-made schnitzel at the German Pavilion, Folklorama is basically a giant, multicultural smorgasbord, yours for the eating.
As your largely self-appointed Free Press culinary crusader — recall her work at the Red River Ex last year — Jen Zoratti thought she would review the food at as many pavilions as she could before barfing from sheer fullness. And make a video about it. (Spoken like a true gastronome with a refined palate.)
But, we thought that we’d make things a little more interesting. A little more competitive. Behold: the Folklorama Food Fight.
Over the course of Folklorama’s run, a total of 16 participating pavilions will go head-to-head to determine which pavilion has the best eats. Jen will taste, you will vote.
We will determine a Week One winner and a Week Two winner, who will then go head-to-head in a Battle Royale.
What’s at stake? Bragging rights, mostly. Of course, we also encourage you to make an informed vote by trying these dishes for yourself.
We expect things to get heated. Will the United Kingdom Pavilion’s sweet treats best the flavours on offer from the Caribbean Pavilion in a sweet v. savoury showdown? Ukrainian cuisine is being repped both weeks by Spirit of Ukraine Pavilion (Week One) and the Ukraine-Kyiv Pavilion (Week Two). Will the entire competition end in a varenyky/holubtsi landslide?
Don your eating pants, declare your culinary allegiances and let’s do this.
Voting in the final round, between two Eastern European favourites -- Ukrainian Varenyky and Hungarian Cabbage Rolls -- continues through the final weekend of Folklorama.
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